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The Marlins designate Jacob Turner for assignment

Aug 5, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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Just over two years ago, Jacob Turner was the main piece sent by the Tigers to the Marlins for Anibal Sanchez. Today: he’s been designated for assignment, reports Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. I guess that means that Detroit won the trade, eh? Or maybe not. Miami called up Brian Flynn to take his place and he came over in the same trade. Maybe there’s still hope. Or not.

Quite a fall for Turner, who was once one of the better-thought-of pitching prospects around. He was given every opportunity to succeed in the Marlins rotation before being demoted to the bullpen in June, but has complied an 8-19 record with a 4.41 ERA over 47 appearances, 37 of them starting.

Turner is only 23, of course, and could very easily turn it around. Someone will likely take a chance on him. Miami, however, has apparently seen enough.

  1. chip56 - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    I would absolutely love for the Yankees to pick him up – it’s a low risk move on a guy who used to be really good.

    • tuberippin - Aug 6, 2014 at 2:17 AM

      He was “really good” in the lower levels of the minor leagues. While he has potential and pedigree, it’s not as though he has a track record of success in the major leagues.

      Also, if he’s struggling in the NL East, I don’t know that a move to the AL East would help his numbers.

  2. normcash - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    What this article doesn’t mention is that when the Tigers took Turner in the first round they passed on a young outfielder from New Jersey name Mike Trout. What ever became of him?

    • lyon810 - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      A BUNCH of teams passed on Trout

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      24 teams passed on Trout in 2009 including the Angels, he was their 2nd 1st round pick.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

        My bad 23, the D-Backs passed on him twice

      • Kevin S. - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:28 PM

        From what I’ve read that was a bit of a joke. If the Angels only had the one pick, they were taking Trout.

    • joerymi - Aug 5, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      Certainly deserves a mention. Dombrowski is the best GM at making trades, but can’t seem to deliver a lot of decent prospects. Obviously Verlander was a great pick, but the Tigers were handed him gift wrapped by the Padres.

      Maybin became a decent player, and Castellanos may turn into a nice player. But not much home grown talent.

      Side note: the Nationals also passed on Trout twice. But can’t kill them for passing him the first time.

  3. gbrim - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:33 PM

    DBacks have a need for starting pitching and no money to spend. Taking a flyer on Turner would be a great idea. Let him get acclimated during this washout of a season and be ready to compete next spring training.

  4. philliesblow - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Add another name to the list of supposedly hot prospects (Andrew Miller, Cameron Maybin, Jair Jurrjens, Chance Ruffin, Gorkys Hernandez….) the Tigers traded away who never amount to anything. Some day teams will learn to stop taking Dombrowski’s prospects.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:52 PM

      I have to disagree on Jurrjens. He had three excellent seasons in Atlanta, and they were certainly more valuable than one crappy season of Edgar Renteria. Maybe the Marlins should stop trading him their stars, though.

      • thehawg - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:40 PM

        Marlins did good by trading Dan Uggla

      • Kevin S. - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        Talking about Dombrowski.

      • philliesblow - Aug 5, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        Kevin – he did have some good seasons, but the Tigers were willing to trade him because they had concerns about his durability. Turns out they were right. He wasn’t the 6′ 5″ 230 pounder that Dombrowski is enamored with.

  5. Mr. No Days Off - Aug 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    The guy is 23 years old and, according to the numbers, is about an average starting pitcher. I must be honest, I have never seen this kid pitch, but he would make a great buy low candidate for some team. The record looks terrible, but a 4.41 ERA is far from horrific.

  6. jarathen - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Jerry DiPoto needs this kid bad. The Angels have five healthy starting pichers if CJ Wilson gets back on track. Otherwise, they have nothing. Even a #5 guy would be a godsend.

  7. Wesley Clark - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    There has to be more to this story. It doesn’t make any sense. Although, few things that the Marlins have done lately have made sense.

    • Old Gator - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:44 PM

      There isn’t a “lot” more to it. The Feesh acquired him in a salary dump trade for a prospect they rushed to the majors while still cheap but before he was ready, not unlike Andrew Miller. Contrary to the comment above, Miller eventually “amounted to something,: having pitched to a sub-3.00 ERA in the designatedhitterball league for the past three years and was a mid-threes pitcher the year before that. My guess is that Turner will exhibit the same trajectory. This is an old story with the Feesh and their cheapskate ownership.

  8. kraa0901 - Aug 5, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Get him, Twins! Can’t be worse than what we already have!

  9. jsally430 - Aug 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Twins will claim him and send him to double a

  10. delusionalcubsfan - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Cubs tried to get him once so I can see them taking a chance on him to get more starting pitching depth and making a minor trade. Really, a lot of teams will be willing to give him a chance.

  11. weaselpuppy - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Tigers will re-sign him and ship him off with another prospect to the Royals for Lorenzo Cain…

  12. papacrick - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Imagine the last two MVP races if Trout were in the same lineup as Miggy. The playoff argument would be out the window and that already hot debate would be scolding. Talk about fun!

  13. Scott Mullin - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    As a Marlins fan who has actually seen him pitch, he has all the makings of a wash-up. He has no control of his fastball, no feel for pitching, no ability to control runners, and no confidence to speak of.

    He has a live arm with good movement on his pitches, but what good is that when you can’t keep pitches off the middle of the plate? When the Marlins started him, they had to score at least 6 runs to even think about winning the ballgame. Good riddance, I was sick of waiting for him to get his act straight.

  14. pappageorgio - Aug 5, 2014 at 6:21 PM

    I’m going to call Diamondbacks on this one. Larussa claims him for organizational depth.

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